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Offensive line target picks Ole Miss in advance of Nebraska visit
It looks like Nebraska will be down at least one official visitor this weekend. Hamilton Hall, a 3-star tackle from Atlanta, committed to Ole Miss on Monday following his official to Oxford this past weekend. Hall had scheduled an official visit with Nebraska, but that won’t happen.
With a small amount of official visits remaining, the Huskers needed to be judicious with their visitors, so that’s a positive development from Hall’s commitment.
Nebraska offered Hall on Dec. 7 during the new staff’s first week on the job. He also took official visits to Louisville and Indiana.
It’s been a hell of a ride, but I’m happy to say I finally found my home… pic.twitter.com/Wl1yso3glg
— Ham 🍖 (@Hamilton_Hall74) January 29, 2018
Hall was one of the Huskers’ biggest targets on the board at offensive line and probably was their top target at tackle. But with momentum mounting for other programs — and despite a series of in-home visits with Hall from Huskers coach Scott Frost, offensive line coach Greg Austin and area recruiter Sean Beckton — Nebraska began offering others tackles.
According to the 247Sports composite, Hall is the No. 127 tackle in the class.
Nebraska offers Iowa State tackle commit
One of the contingency plans at tackle is 3-star prospect Bobby Lawrence. At 6-foot-8 and 300 pounds, Lawrence is the No. 136 tackle in the class.
The Saint Joseph (Mo.) Central standout has an obvious strength in his size. If the Huskers want to allot one of the remaining spots in their class to a tackle, Lawrence certainly fits the mold.
Lawrence is committed to Iowa State, but only as a grayshirt — meaning he’d get a partial scholarship. His offer from Nebraska, though, is for a full ride, which should give Nebraska an edge. He committed to the Cyclones on Jan. 17, but that hasn’t stopped programs from making offers. Missouri extended an offer on Saturday, the day before Nebraska.
If Lawrence flips from Iowa State, it would not be the first time he changed his college choice. Lawrence was committed to Illinois State for five months before picking the Cyclones.
Five members of Nebraska’s coaching staff — Frost, Austin, running backs coach Ryan Held, defensive coordinator Erik Chinander and inside linebackers coach Barrett Ruud — extended the offer during an in-home visit with Lawrence.
— Bobby Lawrence (@Bobby_Lawrence_) January 28, 2018
If Nebraska can get Lawrence on campus for an official visit this weekend, perhaps the momentum leading into National Signing Day will be enough to land him.
Matthew Tago sets commitment date following Nebraska official visit
One of this past weekend’s visitors, Matthew Tago, has set a timeline for his commitment. The trip to Nebraska was his final official visit and he will announce his decision at 7 p.m. CT Saturday. He seemed to enjoy his trip to Nebraska, according to Cam Taylor, who also visited last weekend.
— BAMBAM8️⃣ (@MatthewTago) January 29, 2018
A 3-star athlete, Nebraska has recruited Tago at quarterback. His other finalists, Oregon State and Utah, have recruited him at linebacker. This may come down to his position preference at the next level. If Tago believes he can compete as a quarterback, Nebraska would be the likely choice. If he wants to concentrate on defense, one of the two other schools would be a better fit.
Tago’s 247Sports Crystal Ball has slowly been trending toward Nebraska. He and the most recent Nebraska commit, Cam’ron Jones, were once members of UCLA’s class. I’d remain cautiously optimistic about Tago. The silver lining if he does commit elsewhere is that there’s not a significant need at quarterback. Tago going elsewhere would open up a spot for another member in the class, likely at receiver or defensive back.
Taiyon Palmer puts Huskers in top 3, shuts down recruitment
Nebraska is still in it for 4-star cornerback Taiyon Palmer.
Palmer announced Sunday night he would be shutting down his recruitment and focusing on the three schools that have recently hosted him for official visits — Nebraska, Tennessee and North Carolina State. Palmer, the country’s No. 29 cornerback, visited the Huskers from Jan. 12-14.
— Taiyon Palmer (@__TLP3) January 29, 2018
His 247Sports Crystal Ball began trending toward N.C. State following his visit there two weekends ago. This past weekend he checked out the Volunteers, potentially setting up another Nebraska-Tennessee showdown in this cycle.
Palmer, a onetime Duke commit, saw his recruitment take off after not signing during the early signing period. Clemson, Alabama, Arkansas, Notre Dame and Florida all offered him in January. However, Palmer stuck with the programs that recruited him earlier (save for Tennessee, which didn’t offer him until January but brought him in for a visit at the earliest opportunity).
Nebraska might be lacking momentum with the Lawrenceville (Ga.) Archer product, but expect the Huskers to continue their pursuit. A large portion of the staff visited with him last Wednesday and the staff likely will return once more before Feb. 7. As Nebraska’s top secondary target, Palmer has the green light to commit and is an automatic take.
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